Kickstart Scheme

What is Kickstart?

The Kickstart Scheme is a 6 month paid job with local employers, funded by the Government. Roles are available in many different types of businesses, and across England, Scotland and Wales and range from entry-level skills-development to Graduate level roles. 

The University is a Kickstart Employer and promote both our own and external Kickstart vacancies on TargetConnect Careers Platform. If you no longer have an account.  Don’t worry, as a graduate you can sign-up at any time.

We will be creating and advertising 50 Kickstart Scheme placements.  All jobs will be advertised in January 2022.

Benefits of Kickstart to you

Not only do you get 25 hours paid work a week for 6 months, but you will be supported with your employability skills and career development whilst enrolled on the scheme.

And as a Lancaster graduate, you have full access to our graduate support offer and dedicated, tailored careers provision will be a core part of your placement. Not only will you gain skills and experience from the placement, our employability provision will mean that you have the support needed to progress your career.

Who is eligible to apply?

You have to meet a set criteria to apply. Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme are open to:

  • 16-24 years olds
  • Unemployed (claiming Universal Credit)
  • At risk of long term unemployment.

What if I am not on Universal credit?

We would really encourage you to apply for UC: even if you don’t feel you need the financial support at the moment, being on UC will give you access to apply for the thousands of Kickstart roles available nationally.

If you are alumni, you can apply for Universal Credit today here. We would advise you do this as soon as possible to allow the DWP to process your application before you can apply for roles.

Myth-busting Universal credit

“There’s a bit of a stigma surrounding claiming benefits, but you shouldn’t think twice about applying – if you're out of work, we’d strongly advise you to claim. The extra money could really help you with costs such as attending job interviews or buying suitable clothes, and when you claim Universal Credit you could get some great advice from your Jobcentre Plus advisor.”

It also opens the door to thousands of external Kickstart vacancies.

If you're unemployed but currently not claiming UC you can find out if you are eligible for financial and employability support whilst seeking work after university visit Save The Student. To find out if you are eligible for UC you can also use this online benefits calculator.

Where to find out more

Take a look at the jobs and opportunities section of Targetconnect.

Speak to your Work Coach at the Job Centre - they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme and whether it’s right for you.

If you're still not sure if this is right for you, please do contact us in Careers.

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